Tehran: Iranian companies do not operate in Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.30 / Trend, T.Jafarov /
There are no Iranian companies operating in Nagorno-Karabakh and any information publicized to the contrary is a lie, the head of the Iranian Presidential Apparatus' department for control over economic issues and Assistant to Iranian Vice-President Aliaga Mohammadi said today.
Iran was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and is committed to this position, Mohammadi, who is on visit to Baku, said Wednesday at a news conference.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.